Over a forty-year career Ted Blamey has been a cruise industry pioneer and leader.
He served as head of a major global cruise line, Sitmar Cruises International (Los Angeles and Monaco), having joined Sitmar as Managing Director Australasia (Sydney) from McKinsey and Company at age 33.
Through the 1980s, under Ted Blamey’s leadership, Sitmar redefined cruising in the South Pacific and South-East Asia to become Australasia’s dominant cruise line within 6 years. Their innovations in product, itineraries, distribution, pricing and marketing continue to underpin the Asia/Pacific cruise industry. The island destinations they established are core to all Pacific itineraries.
Promoted to President/CEO Sitmar International, while overseeing its dramatic expansion, Ted initiated the first major cruise industry consolidation, merging Sitmar and P&O/Princess worldwide through outright sale of Sitmar’s companies. This set the tone for the global industry’s next decade.
Ted was subsequently CEO of Australia’s largest retail travel group and inaugural Chairman of Sydney Ports.
Ted helped create Silversea Cruises in the 1990s. He founded CHART Management Consultants in 1997 to help companies and authorities capitalise on the growth of the global cruise industry. More recently CHART led the cruise tourism strategies for the Philippines, South Pacific Tourism and Papua New Guinea and conducted a market/operational appraisal for a new cruise port in China. CHART developed the seminal 2013 White Paper on the Asia cruise industry and CLIA Asia Cruise Trends projects of 2014, ’16, ‘17 and ‘18.
Ted is a frequent speaker and moderator at global cruise industry events. He leads courses for executives on the cruise industry, especially in China.
He earned an Honours degree in Applied Science from University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard.
Ted was the 2017 honoree to the CLIA Australia Hall of Fame and is a Visiting Fellow of the Seatrade Academy. CHART is an Executive Partner of CLIA and a member of the Australia Cruise Association. Ted is affiliated with the Council of China Cruise Development Experts and the Association of International Cruise Research Institutions.